Every year, The Goose asks for a Pinata at his birthday party. Last year we were all very disappointed with the Pinata at our Chuck E. Cheese birthday party. There were a lot of kids and not enough candy for everyone. A lot of the littler kids didn’t get any candy at all – and that is no fun for anybody.
This year, since we decided to have his birthday party at home, we decided to make a homemade pinata. I did some research on the internet, and, as it turns out, making a homemade pinata is really simple – and really fun.
How to Make a Pinata
A large balloon
Begin by ripping the newspaper into 1 1/2 to 2 inch strips. You’ll need a lot – enough to cover your balloon at least two times.
In a bowl, mix equal parts flour and water. Dip the strips into the mixture, use your fingers to remove excess flour and water, and place it on the balloon. Continue dipping the strips and placing them on the balloon until the entire balloon is covered.
Once the balloon is covered in newspaper, place it in a sunny spot and let it dry at least twelve hours. Put a loop of heavy string or picture hanging wire over the hole at the top (for hanging the pinata), then cover the balloon with newspaper a second time. Add a few extra layers around the top hole to make sure the string is cemented in place. Let dry again, this time for at least twenty four hours.
Tear the crepe paper into small pieces – around 2 inches, but no need to measure.
Pour some glue into a small dish. Wrap a piece of crepe paper around the eraser end of your pencil, dip it in the glue and gently dab it onto the pinata. Continue applying the crepe paper around the pinata until the entire outside is covered.
Deflate the balloon and pull it out through the top of the pinata. To fill the pinata, use the same hole to add the candy. Now you’re ready for the fun part! Line the kids up, grab a bat and let them each take a swing!